LampizatOr Golden Atlantic + TRP

Last weekend I had a pleasure with several good and dear friends to hear at mine and at @wisnon place new reincarnation of LampizatOr Golden Atlantic Plus TRP where TRP stands for Tube Rollers Paradise. Where this name came from - actually the catch is that as output tubes this one uses pentode tubes working in triode mode ranging from El34, 6L6, KT88,90,120,150 and many more, while as recti tubes same ones can be used as for the rest of the Lampi family. What Norman told me, choice of tubes is getting into hundreds (considering variables of producers, types, etc.).
We rolled few El34s and KT120 as we had those on hand and El34 is/was clearly better than KT120 especially the NOS ones with Blackburn codes on them (xf3, xf4).
Sound wise what to say - maybe I could say is that this DAC is a nuclear bomb in a small package - just fantastic in every sense...speed, presentation, musicality, you name it.
Compared to my GG2, i still prefer mine, due to larger scale of everything and also having a bit more of that tube seductive character, but when things are put into perspective and if being realistic I could live happily ever after with TRP.
Again a fantastic DAC from Lampi team and they really nailed it. Respect!
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Shuguang GZ480 and be done. The other rectis you have are great. This new one plus the psvane 6ca7 means you will be golden in your collection of tubes.

So what does the GZ480 sound like, what distinguishes it?

Between the TRP (GEC KT66) and Supratek preamp’s PSU (Shuguang 6SN7), I’m trying to find the right combination (pair) of rectis to give me the modestly warm engaging sound I like. I had it, but then I improved the isolation of speakers and components and that changed everything. I’ve been working with a GEC U52, 596, Psvane WE274B replica, Mullard GZ32 and KR 5U4G RK Anniversary.. The frustrating thing in this is that the RK notches up the level of transparency, bass and sense of presence far more than the others, so combined with the excellent U52, the sound quality goes into another realm, including some warmth. But the RK is dry, which leaves me feeling disconnected. An example is with blues, with which the right chords, cadence and tone it sings to people, drawing them in emotionally. With the RK and warmish U52, the first two are there, at least nominally, while the tone is something other entirely, almost steely. For me, Romantic era music should sound Romantic (capital R) and blues should sound like blues. Very frustrating situation, one where it would be nice to be able to reach in and tune it a little differently...

So back to the GZ480. What does it have to offer? While my musical tastes range, with the stereo I listen primarily to jazz and classical,
 
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So what does the GZ480 sound like, what distinguishes it?

Between the TRP (GEC KT66) and Supratek preamp’s PSU (Shuguang 6SN7), I’m trying to find the right combination (pair) of rectis to give me the modestly warm engaging sound I like. I had it, but then I improved the isolation of speakers and components and that changed everything. I’ve been working with a GEC U52, 596, Psvane WE274 replica, Mullard GZ32 and KR 5U4G RK Anniversary.. The frustrating thing in this is that the RK notches up the level of transparency, bass and sense of presence far more than the others, so combined with the excellent U52, the sound quality goes into another realm, including some warmth. But the RK is dry, which leaves me feeling disconnected. An example is with blues, with which the right chords, cadence and tone it sings to people, drawing them in emotionally. With the RK and warmish U52, the first two are there, at least nominally, while the tone is something other entirely, almost steely. For me, Romantic era music should sound Romantic (capital R) and blues should sound like blues. Very frustrating situation, one where it would be nice to be able to reach in and tune it a little differently...

So back to the GZ480. What does it have to offer? While my musical tastes range, with the stereo I listen primarily to jazz and classical,

I dont have golden atlantic, but literally went from GG to Pacific today. I have found the Tak 274b‘s in GG to warm things up a bit. Not U52 warm, but a bit on that side. Using electrostat headphone, it was just what I needed. Might work for you based on your description
 
For those who didn’t see it on the tube rolling thread, I’ve got the RK 5U4G up for sale. For further info, PM or see Audiomart (HiFi Shark webste for the link).
 
A tube mentioned on the Pacific thread is the Westinghouse VU71, which seems to be a 5R4 equivalent. Anyone played with it on a TRP?
 
Well, I just pulled the trigger and ordered GA TRP balanced with VC. I’m trying to decide on the extra digital input......Toslink ( HT integration) or AES.
My question is whether there is a discernible difference between usb, spdif and aes on the DAC or is it source dependent?
 
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Congrats on the TRP :cool:
I guess the source makes more of a difference than the interface itself.
I would just order that additional interface that you will most probably need ;)
 
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Tic tac tic tac tic tac....stay tuned for this monsterous output tube report...i.e. road less taken;)

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Recti tube is 5u4g so kind of regularly big, output ones are huge as such and adapters add a bit to the height. Pentode kicking out 45W of power;)
 
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Yeap I Know - kind of size of WE274b so maybe a tad smaller then ACME. Still, output tubes are huge :cool:
What's the height from base to the top of the tube? I'm just curious if a set up like that would fit in my rack. Atlantic TRP is on my short list for a DAC upgrade.
 

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